Thursday, March 20, 2014

"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by The Police

Top 10 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Song#:  0759
Date:  09/26/1981
Debut:  66
Peak:  3
Weeks:  19
Genre:  Rock, New Wave

Pop Bits:  After a pair of #10 hits, The Police issued this first single from their fourth album, "Ghost in the Machine." The song became their biggest chart hit at the time and it pushed the album to #2, which was also their best showing to date. Members of the group were never fully harmonious in their work and the fissures really began to show with the LP. Sting was becoming a star on his own and his musical direction was beginning to not be in sync with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. Regardless of how it panned out behind the scenes, the album put them one step closer to worldwide superstardom.

ReduxReview:  This song follows a similar pattern to their previous hit "Don't Stand So Close to Me" where the moody, dark verse is contrasted by the brighter chorus. I think Sting perfected that formula with this song. It was really the tune that tipped me into their corner. I actually bought this single twice because the first 45 I played so much it developed a skip. It remains a favorite.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  The album's title comes from the same-titled 1968 non-fiction book by Arthur Koestler. The philosophical psychology work was one of many that Sting had read by the author and ideas from the book provided inspiration for the album's songs.


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